News from Representative DeGette


Dear Friend,

Like many of you, I was grateful to spend Thanksgiving at home in Colorado with family and friends. I packed a lot into the brief holiday break -- engaging in community service, supporting small businesses, and promoting the interests of non-profits. It was great to be home for a bit before returning to Washington this week as Congress faced a long list of vital issues. 

Republicans’ failure to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program is now getting personal for tens of thousands of Coloradans. Congress must make it a priority in this crucial legislative session before the new year. The federal CHIP authorization expired on October 1; in Colorado, CHIP funding will run out by the end of January. Families are receiving letters warning them amid this holiday season that their kids’ coverage could soon be cancelled. On Tuesday, I again spoke about the critical need to renew CHIP, which had long been a bipartisan priority until this year. As one of the creators of this program, protecting it is personal, and I will work hard to save it from GOP obstruction.

Another vulnerable population that we simply cannot abandon is Dreamers, the nearly 800,000 undocumented residents who came to the United States as children, many of whom live in our community and either are students or holding steady jobs. Their futures have hung in the balance ever since President Trump said in September he would end DACA, a program that let them remain in the only country most of them have ever known. Congress must pass legislation to save Dreamers from deportation, and I will not vote for any government funding bill put forth by the Republican majority if it’s not accompanied by a clean DACA fix.

I’m also working to ensure the continued success of 21st Century Cures, a big health care priority of mine that has enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. I co-authored this biomedical research bill that became law last December, and it is already revolutionizing our country’s search for treatment and cures of vexing diseases. I’m proud that the Energy and Commerce Committee offered such strong support for this effort, and yesterday, a year after the bill’s passage in the House, the same committee reflected on its initial successes and future potential to save millions of lives. Witnesses from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration discussed how the law is helping facilitate life-saving research for ailments such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. I was also pleased to be reunited with Max Schill, the spirited boy and rare- disease advocate who helped my co-author, Congressman Fred Upton, and I make 21st Century Cures a reality. This is only the beginning; I believe this groundbreaking law will be the catalyst for a new generation of cures. 


I also continue to oppose the FCC's plan to rescind net neutrality protections in an upcoming vote. Net neutrality helps ensure free speech online and helps boost small businesses, which are lifting our economy in Colorado and across America. I want to thank the many Coloradans who voiced their concerns to me about this important issue; I will keep doing everything I can do to safeguard a free and open internet for all.

With the holiday season now in full swing, I also want to remind you not to overlook your chance to sign up for comprehensive health coverage under the Affordable Care Act during Open Enrollment, running now through January 12 in Colorado. Give yourself and your family the gift of health and well-being. Visit to shop for plans. 

As always, you can visit my website where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, be sure to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.


Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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